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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
Song: “Tell me no more I am deceived”
By William Congreve (1670–1729)
TELL me no more I am deceived,
  That Chloe’s false and common;
I always knew (at least believed)
  She was a very woman:
As such I liked, as such caressed,        5
She still was constant when possessed,
  She could do more for no man.
But oh! her thoughts on others ran,
  And that you think a hard thing?
Perhaps she fancied you the man;        10
  And what care I one farthing?
You think she’s false. I’m sure she’s kind,
I take her body, you her mind,
  Who was the better bargain?

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